Saturday, July 30, 2016

Francis Joseph 186 Next Month

As an annual event, Bad Ischl celebrates Austria's Diamond Emperor, His Late Imperial and Royal Majesty Franz Josef I, around his birthday. This year, the centennial year of his passing, is his 186th, which is two days short of three weeks from now – August 18. The festival takes place August 14 thru 19. More details can be found here.


Principe said...

If the Austro-Hungarian Empire had not been dismembered at the insistence of the Allies at the conclusion of WWI I believe the WW2 would never have happened. We all wish the people of Austria peace, prosperity and happiness. Who knows what the future holds? The firm and loving hand of a constitutional monarch ?

J.K. Baltzersen said...


I think it is fair to say that war itself did a lot to disintegrate the empire. See, e.g., WRU: Was the Habsburg Monarchy Doomed Anyway?.

But, yes, the empire's demise was indeed most unfortunate, to say the least.